Sindh govt to start awareness campaign on fire safety

Karachi—Sindh government will enlist help and services of private sector and its relevant associations to ensure fire protection and related emergency measures at major cities, public cities and shrines situated across the province.
This was stated by Advisor to Sindh chief minister on Auqaf and Religious Affairs Dr. Abdul Qayoom Soomro while being chief guest at 6th Fire Safety & Security Awards and Convention-2016 held the other day.
The National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in collaboration with Fire Protection Association of Pakistan and All Pakistan Security Association organized the programme in which 33 companies were given awards for adopting best in-house fire protection practices and measures.
Dr. Soomro said that though Religious Affairs and Auqaf department of provincial govt headed by him had no direct relevance to subject of fire safety but his department would give due value to the issue as it would ensure protection to human life and belongings, which is also the centrepiece of teachings of Islam
He advised organizers of the convention to continue with their good efforts for cause of fire protection and safety as in next year his Religious Affairs department would fully assist organizing such a moot on the important civic issue.
He appreciated the services being rendered by non-governmental and private sector organizations for fire protection and safety in society saying that their services were much of superior and greater value than that of the govt in fire fighting operations.
The CM’s advisor said that government had all the resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country so that industries could be revived for economic growth of the country.
He said the government’s drive to eliminate terrorism and lawlessness had achieved up to 90 per cent success in Sindh in general and in Karachi particularly so that business and industrial activities could be promoted.
Earlier in his speech, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, former advisor to prime minister on textiles, lamented that Pakistan had no industrial safety laws on occupational safety as recently admitted by the Federal Human Resource minister in National Assembly.
“If you recalled Supreme Court has directed provincial and federal governments to draft a bill in this regard after evolving consensus but since no time frame was given, this legislation is still pending”.
He said that industrial accidents and fire incidents had become an everyday routine in most industrial cities of Pakistan. Absence of precautionary measures and lack of robust regulatory systems has put the lives of labourers in permanent danger, said Dr. Baig. —NNI

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